McGill University is committed to the safe use and control of radioactive materials in all its buildings located on both campuses. McGill University adheres to the ALARA (As Low As Reasonably Achievable) principle. This principle demands that personnel exposure to radiation be minimized to the fullest possible extent.
To achieve this goal, McGill University follows these policies:
- Use of radioisotopes is limited to well defined work spaces and to adequately trained personnel.
- Any procedure involving radioisotopes must be planned first and foremost with the intent to reduce personnel exposure to a minimum.
- Appropriate, well-documented procedures must be available for purchasing, keeping inventory, and handling, measuring exposure and disposing of radioactive substances. Procedures must also be in place to deal with emergency situations involving radioisotopes, as well as procedures for decontamination and verification of the workspaces.
- McGill University is committed to provide comprehensive, ongoing safety training opportunities for its students and staff, both for those who work with radioisotopes and for those who may be present in radioisotopes laboratories when performing their duties (security, maintenance, and cleaning staff).
- McGill University personnel is encouraged and supported in the development of alternative experimental procedures that avoid the use of radioisotopes (fluorescence, chemiluminescence).